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Feature: Rising Stars of Mumbai’s Lakmé Fashion Week


 

L-R: Astha & Sidharth; Kavita Sharma, Asa Kazingmei

L-R: Astha & Sidharth; Kavita Sharma, Asa Kazingmei

 

 

The “Gen Next” crowd lights up the ramps in Mumbai. 

 

By: Hina P. Ansari

 

Lakmé Fashion Week presented their Winter/Festive 2012 season. The haute ticket fashion week glittered with socialites, Bollywood icons and of course beautiful people. Among the runway presentations by designer headliners, was the eagerly anticipated “Gen Next” showcase filled with notable up and comers. We, of course, are thrilled to highlight whom we call the “Rising Stars” of Mumbai.

 

 

Aniket Satam

“Aamrambh”

 

These seven garments clearly herald an “Aarambh” — a new beginning. All of this creativity came to fruition when he was reading about the Mayan myth of 2012. It’s a new beginning of style, the first steps for fashion and all of it was accentuated by soft layers, tactile texture and soft hues of milk, cobalt and ivory which cascaded over a triad of fabrics including georgette, raw silk, velvet and cotton jersey. From gold foil to ghungroos (bells) the unconventional take is aces in our books. Striking pieces were born by creative use of angles and fabrics including daring draping and use of asymmetrical lines which all pointed in the direction of fabulousness.

 

 

Aniket Satam's "Aarambh"

Aniket Satam's "Aarambh"

Aniket Satam

Aniket Satam's “Aamrambh”

 

Aniket Satam

Aniket Satam's “Aamrambh”

 

 

Astha Sethi & Sidharth Arora

“Comical Flow”

 

Androgyny gets a clever reinvention. Sharp contrasts, exaggerated shoulders and playful use of colour of fabrics including lycra, georgette, satin, tulle and organza created a collection which was boldly playful. Moulded jackets, pencil thin skirts,  jacket dresses played with the curves of everyone’s imaginations. And the eye-popping liberal use of Big Bird Yellow would make Lady Gaga, well let’s just say yellow with envy.

 

Astha & Siddarth

Astha Sethi & Sidharth Arora's “Comical Flow”

 

Astha & Siddarth

Astha Sethi & Sidharth Arora's “Comical Flow”

 

Astha Sethi & Sidharth Arora

Astha Sethi & Sidharth Arora's “Comical Flow”

 

 

 

Asa Kazingmei

“Immortal”

 

Inspired by the Naga Tribe of Tngkhul, Asa dove into the untraditional and indulged in unconventional threadwork, woven fabric and Riavat and Chonkhom shawls which were beautifully manipulated into incredible wearable pieces all thanks to the designer’s unique niche for construction and strategic cuts. The tribal colours of the Manipur region came alive in one look after another.

 

 

Asa Kazingmei

Asa Kazingmei's “Immortal”

 

Asa Kazingmei

Asa Kazingmei's “Immortal”

 

Asa Kazingmei's "Immortal"

Asa Kazingmei's "Immortal"

 

Asa Kazingmei's "Immortal"

Asa Kazingmei's "Immortal"

 

 

Kavita Sharma

“It’s a Beautiful Life”

 

Elegance in the simplest form. Simple everyday inspirations were brought forth to tell this runway story, such as a phonebooth, a kids park, zebra crossing and an ice cream parlour. This collection was like a painting or your favourite childhood storybook coming to life. Flowy dresses, soft touches of various colours and of course the head-turning detail of using 3D effects on appliqué of butterflies and insects were crowd pleasers. They literally popped out. The vibe is young and very groovy with a healthy dose of Bohemian chic. Perfect for any festive fete.

 

 

Kavita Sharma

Kavita Sharma's "It's A Beautiful Life"

 

Kavita Sharma

Kavita Sharma's "It's A Beautiful Life"

 

Kavita Sharma

Kavita Sharma's "It's A Beautiful Life"

 

 

Mehak Pruthi, Kanika Seth and Ankit Sharma

“Clandestine”

 

The blockbuster Avatar not only made cinematic history but was also the source of inspiration for this fashionable trifecta. The collection was  super stylized and attempted to tap into the untapped personality that resides in all of us. The collection boasts incredible cuts, avant-garde approach with stretch fabrics, fabulous rich hues giving everyone a futuristic fashionable ride.

 

Mehak Pruthi, Kanika Seth and Ankit Sharma

Mehak Pruthi, Kanika Seth and Ankit Sharma's “Clandestine”

 

Mehak Pruthi, Kanika Seth and Ankit Sharma

Mehak Pruthi, Kanika Seth and Ankit Sharma's “Clandestine”

 

Mehak Pruthi, Kanika Seth and Ankit Sharma

Mehak Pruthi, Kanika Seth and Ankit Sharma's “Clandestine”

 

Mehak Pruthi, Kanika Seth and Ankit Sharma

Mehak Pruthi, Kanika Seth and Ankit Sharma's “Clandestine”

 

 

Richa Aggarwal

 

It’s art imitating life which imitates well…art. Inspired by the inimitable streets of India, Aggarwal takes art and translates it into fashion. Using punches of kitschy colours the chaotic yet chic vibe often seen in the real life intersections is playfully recreated here. Florals, patterns, appliqués and the like were key elements in her collection which is an ode to the beauty in the orchestrated chaos that Mumbai is known for.

 

Richa Aggarwal

Richa Aggarwal

 

Richa Aggarwal

Richa Aggarwal

 

Richa Aggarwal

Richa Aggarwal

 

Richa Aggarwal

Richa Aggarwal

 

 

Sneha Arora

“Paradigm”

 

This former corporate player, decided to use her past vocation as the inspiration point for her collection. Comfy dresses, crispness of jackets and trousers unveiled a fresh take on the couture of the business woman. With a dash of preppiness and (what we think) is clearly inspired by Prada, this culture clash goes full force with shoulder zippers, sharply cut blazers and fantastic graphic elements in each look.

 

 

Sneha Arora's "Paradigm"

Sneha Arora's "Paradigm"

 

Sneha Arora's "Paradigm"

Sneha Arora's "Paradigm"

 

 

Sneha Arora's "Paradigm"

Sneha Arora's "Paradigm"

 

 

Sneha Arora's "Paradigm"

Sneha Arora's "Paradigm"

 

 

 

 Photography courtesy of Lakmé Fashion Week 

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